Long Beach shooting
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Long Beach police shooting

Jamal Williams, 8, right, and Jose Allyze, 10, left, were dancing with “Uncle Su’e,” celebrating the birthday of Crystal Pagota, 23, with braided hair, and Porche Pointer, with hair wrap, just before he was killed by Long Beach police. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
“It was like [police] were already ready to come out and attack him and they didn’t even know who he was,” said Chrystal Pagota, 23, left, whose birthday party Su’e had attended. She is comforted by Porche Pointer. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A memorial appears on the sidewalk where Su‘e was shot. Police say they struggled with Su‘e and felt their lives were in danger. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A family photo of Roketi Su’e, who played guitar and often danced with neighborhood children. A relative described Su‘e as terminally ill with cancer. He suffered from schizophrenia, but the relative and others described him as harmless and childlike. (Family photo)
Jamal Williams, 8, holds the basketball he said Su ‘e gave him not long before he was killed. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A makeshift memorial to Roketi Su’e appeared on the sidewalk where he was shot. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)